Frequently Asked Questions

What is Speak Out Iowa?                       

Speak Out Iowa is a survey being conducted by the University of Iowa to examine sexual misconduct occurring on campus, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking.

This survey aims to:

  • Assess UI students' perceptions of the campus climate regarding sexual misconduct.
  • Identify the incidence of sexual misconduct on the UI campus, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking.
  • Assess the students' perceptions of the UI's response to sexual misconduct.

Why is the University of Iowa administering this survey?                       

Preventing sexual misconduct is a very important issue within our campus community. The information gathered from this survey will be used to support our work to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our students and community.

Who is administering this survey?                       

The Speak Out Iowa survey is being administered by a subcommittee of the Anti-violence Coalition and is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Life and the Chief Diversity Office.

What does the survey include?                       

This survey asks students about their experiences with sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking) on campus, as well as their perceptions of the campus climate around sexual assault.

The survey instrument being used is the ARC3 Survey (Administrator Researcher Campus Climate Collaborative Survey). This survey was created by a collaborative group of experts committed to using the most current, empirically-supported measures. The survey has been slightly modified to reflect our campus, and members of the Anti-violence Coalition and student leaders had active roles in providing feedback and assessing its content. 

Who should participate in this survey?                       

All degree-seeking undergraduate, graduate, and professional students are encouraged to complete the survey.

Is the survey anonymous?                       

Responses to the survey are completely anonymous. We will not be able to trace your responses to your HawkID student ID, email, or IP address. When you first sign in to the survey you will be asked to enter your HawkID to confirm you are a UI student, but you will then be redirected to the anonymous survey.

Is the survey voluntary?                       

Yes, participation is completely voluntary, and you are free to skip any questions you don't want to answer. 

How do I take the survey?                       

The survey is now closed. 

What if I or someone I know needs help?                       

If you or someone you know needs help or support dealing with sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, or stalking please follow this link for a comprehensive list of resources.

What will the University of Iowa do with the results?                       

Survey results will be made public in spring 2016 and will be used to inform our ongoing efforts to address sexual misconduct on campus. Because the survey is anonymous, no information identifying individual student responses will be reported.

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